Short Bio

Dr. Voyles received the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1983, the M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 1989, and the Ph.D. in Robotics from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in 1997. He was at the University of Minnesota as Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor from 1997 - 2006 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering at the University of Denver. He remains Site Director of the NSF Safety, Security, and Rescue Research Center at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Voyles' research interests are in the areas of miniature, constrained robots; mobile manipulation; multi-robot coordination; programming by human demonstration; robot-to-robot skill transfer; skill-based approaches to robot programming; and haptic sensors and actuators.

Medium Bio

Dr. Voyles received the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1983, the M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 1989, and the Ph.D. in Robotics from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in 1997. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering at the University of Denver and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He was at the University of Minnesota from 1997 to 2006 and remains Site Director of the NSF Safety, Security, and Rescue Research Center, an NSF I/UCRC, at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Voyles' research interests are in the areas of robotics and artificial intelligence. Specifically, he is interested in the development of small, resource-constrained robots and robot teams for urban search and rescue and surveillance. Dr. Voyles has additional expertise in sensors and sensor calibration, particularly haptic and force sensors, and real-time control. Dr. Voyles' industrial experience includes Dart Controls, IBM Corp., Intergrated Systems, Inc., and Avanti Optics. He has also served on the boards of various start-ups and non-profit groups.

Long Bio

Dr. Voyles received the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1983, the M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 1989, and the Ph.D. in Robotics from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in 1997. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering at the University of Denver and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He was at the University of Minnesota from 1997 to 2006 and remains Site Director of the NSF Safety, Security, and Rescue Research Center, an NSF I/UCRC, at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Voyles' research interests are in the areas of robotics and artificial intelligence. Specifically, he is interested in the coordination of teams of robotic agents for common goals where resource constraints play an important role. One of the primary application domains is the field of urban search and rescue, for which he has developed the novel "TerminatorBot." He is also interested in mobile manipulation, programming robots by human demonstration, agent-to-agent skill transfer, and MEMS and microassembly. His interests in computer vision include extracting 3-D models of objects from a moving camera. Dr. Voyles has additional expertise in sensors and sensor calibration, particularly haptic and force sensors.

Dr. Voyles' industrial experience includes three years with IBM, where he was a manufacturing/test engineer working on robotic automation projects, one and one-half years with Intergrated Systems, Inc., where he was a research scientist working on contracted applications of real-time software, and two years with Avanti Optics developing sub-micron motion control platforms for advanced photonics manufacturing. Dr. Voyles has founded one company, Mark V Automation Corp., and co-founded another, both to address issues in real-time control hardware and software. He has also served on the Advisory Boards of various organizations, both for-profit and non-profit.


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